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Cullen, John 1942-

Overview
Works: 32 works in 132 publications in 2 languages and 13,262 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Biography  Suspense fiction  Love stories  Spy stories  Epistolary fiction  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author
Classifications: PQ3989.2.K386, 843.92
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Publications about John Cullen
Publications by John Cullen
Most widely held works by John Cullen
The swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra( Book )
11 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 2,071 libraries worldwide
Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples: Mohsen, who comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira, his wife, exceedingly beautiful, who was once a brilliant teacher and is now no longer allowed to leave her home without an escort or covering her face. Intersecting their world is Atiq, a prison keeper, a man who has sincerely adopted the Taliban ideology and struggles to keep his faith, and his wife, Musarrat, who once rescued Atiq and is now dying of sickness and despair. Desperate, exhausted Mohsen wanders through Kabul when he is surrounded by a crowd about to stone an adulterous woman. Numbed by the hysterical atmosphere and drawn into their rage, he too throws stones at the face of the condemned woman buried up to her waist. With this gesture the lives of all four protagonists move toward their destinies. The Swallows of Kabul is a dazzling novel written with compassion and exquisite detail by one of the most lucid writers about the mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world. Yasmina Khadra brings readers into the hot, dusty streets of Kabul and offers them an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair
The attack by Yasmina Khadra( Book )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,373 libraries worldwide
During the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, unlikely to satisfy partisans on either side of the issue, Dr. Amin Jaafari is a man caught between two worlds; he's a Bedouin Arab surgeon struggling to integrate himself into Israeli society. The balancing act becomes impossible when the terrorist responsible for a suicide bombing that claims 20 lives, including many children, is identified as Jaafari's wife by the Israeli police. Jaafari's disbelief that his secular, loving spouse committed the atrocity is overcome when he receives a letter from her posthumously. In an effort to make sense of her decision, Jaafari plunges into the Palestinian territories to discover the forces that recruited her
The sirens of Baghdad : a novel by Yasmina Khadra( Book )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,038 libraries worldwide
Forced to leave the university when the Americans invade Iraq, a young man from a small desert village heads for Baghdad to join the resistance, until a top secret mission forces him to reconcile a proposed terrorist act with his own moral principles
Follow your heart by Susanna Tamaro( Book )
10 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 923 libraries worldwide
A collection of letters from an 80-year-old woman living in a small town in Italy to her rebellious granddaughter in America. In them she recounts the history of their family, philosophizes on life, and offers advice. On the danger of dreams deferred, she writes to the girl, "Listen to your heart. When it speaks, get up and go where it takes you."
April in Paris by Michael Wallner( Book )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 910 libraries worldwide
Working as an interpreter at Gestapo headquarters in occupied Paris, Roth, a young German soldier, falls in love with Chantal, the daughter of an antiquarian bookshop owner, and finds himself on the opposite side of his Nazi colleagues
The day of the barbarians : the battle that led to the fall of the Roman Empire by Alessandro Barbero( Book )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 836 libraries worldwide
Offers a close-up look at the Battle of Adrianople in 378 A.D., which led to a disastrous defeat of the Roman army by a barbarian horde led by Fritigern, a battle that marked the beginning of the end for the Roman Empire
Don't move by Margaret Mazzantini( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 639 libraries worldwide
In a confession to his comatose daughter, a respected surgeon recounts how he entered into an obsessive extramarital affair with the girl's mother and committed an act of unbridled rage that resulted in her conception
Miral by Rula Jebreal( Book )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 586 libraries worldwide
In 1948, Hind Husseini establishes a school for refugee Palestinian girls in East Jerusalem, and years later, amid ongoing conflict, finds herself in a desperate struggle to save young Miral as she is drawn to join the intifada
The secret in their eyes by Eduardo A Sacheri( Book )
6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 580 libraries worldwide
Benjamín Chaparro is a retired detective still obsessed by the brutal, decades-old rape and murder of a young married woman in her own bedroom. While attempting to write a book about the case, he revisits the details of the investigation. As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning of his long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge
Lies : a novel by Enrique de Hériz( Book )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 562 libraries worldwide
An intricately wrought, multilayered novel, "Lies" ranges from the present to deep in the past. Told through two narratives, the stories are both brutal and exciting. Together these stories illuminate the importance of storytelling in shaping beliefs about families and their histories
The wrong blood : a novel by Manuel de Lope( Book )
4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 532 libraries worldwide
In the days before the Civil War, two women in the Basque Country in northern Spain conspire to commit a victimless crime
Villard : the life and times of an American titan by Alexandra Villard De Borchgrave( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 417 libraries worldwide
A biography of nineteenth-century financier Henry Villard details his 1853 arrival in New York from Germany, his role as a journalist and war correspondent during the Civil War, and his rise to financial success in the Gilded Era
The only son by Stéphane Audeguy( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 409 libraries worldwide
Audeguy resurrects Jean-Jacques Rousseau's forgotten brother in a picaresque tale that brings to life the secret world of 18th-century Paris
April in Paris by Michael Wallner( Sound Recording )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 343 libraries worldwide
A suspenseful and dramatic story of impossible love between a German soldier and a French Resistance fighter in World War II Paris
Decompression : a novel by Juli Zeh( Book )
7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 334 libraries worldwide
"An explosive thriller about two couples who are caught in a web of conflicting passions while deep-sea diving off the beautiful Canary Islands; Sven Fiedler is a young lawyer in Germany who decides he's had enough. No more competing with coworkers for his boss's attention, no more flaunting this or that new purchase to keep his friends impressed, no more endless workweeks under fluourescent lights. So he withdraws from the bustle of modern life to the island of Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands, where he and his girlfriend, Antje, establish a simpler routine. Sven sets up a business as a deep-sea diving instructor while Antje has her own real estate agency, and the two happily cater to tourists who come to bask in the warm sunshine and explore the silent, gleaming marine paradise that makes this island such a remarkable retreat. In November of 2011, two German tourists, Jola von der Pahlen and Theo Hast, engage Sven for an expensive two-week intensive diving experience. They stay in a guest house on Sven and Antje's property, and the two couples quickly become entangled in a mess of jealousies and suspicions. Sven is struck by Jola's beauty and her evident wealth. Theo quickly leaps to the conclusion that Sven and Jola are conspiring against him, but oddly, he seems to facilitate their affair rather than trying to stop it. Antje, looking on, grows increasingly wary of these particular clients. Shifting through various points of view, the reader is constantly kept guessing about who knows what, and more important, who is telling the truth. As the tension builds, it becomes increasingly clear that someone will meet a violent end, but a quiet one, down in the underwater world beneath the waves"--
The fabric of night by Christoph Peters( Book )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 305 libraries worldwide
"Albin Kranz, a twenty-eight-year-old sculptor and the son of an abusive father, is melancholic, alcoholic, and beset by painful memories of his childhood. Although he tries to make sense out of what has happened to him, his consciousness frequently becomes altered and he seems to be hallucinating. At her wit's end, Livia, a photographer with whom he has lived for five years, suggests that they go to Istanbul to give their love one last chance." "Their vacation gets off to an ominous start. One morning as he is standing on the roof terrace of his hotel, Albin witnesses the murder of Miller, an American gem dealer, at the hotel across the way. But like some desperately misunderstood character in a Hitchcock film, Albin can't persuade anyone of what he saw, nor can he find any proof. The hotel manager denies having a guest named Miller, and the woman Albin saw with Miller at the time of the shooting is nowhere to be found. Obsessed with the crime, Albin tells his tale to a group of German students studying in Istanbul, but they, too, refuse to take him seriously. When Livia falls in love with one of the students, Albin hurls himself into discovering the truth about Miller's death. His quest takes him into the slums of the city and deep into the mysterious, exotic Eastern culture few Western visitors ever penetrate."--BOOK JACKET
Rispondimi by Susanna Tamaro( Book )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 257 libraries worldwide
Three beautifully written novellas are set in contemporary Italy by the bestselling author of "Follow Your Heart." Tamaro portrays lives shaped by the tyranny of family, the unpredictable consequences of love, and the hope of redemption
The Barcelona brothers : a novel by Carlos Zanón( Book )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 224 libraries worldwide
A desperate man murders his close friend in a dingy Barcelona bar. The reason for his attack is gradually revealed as he is protected and sought by his brother and the bartender, who, to save him, blame the killing on an innocent Pakistani man
The secret in their eyes a novel by Eduardo A Sacheri( file )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 189 libraries worldwide
Benjamín Chaparro is a retired detective still obsessed by the brutal, decades-old rape and murder of a young married woman in her own bedroom. While attempting to write a book about the case, he revisits the details of the investigation. As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning of his long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge
A distant father by Antonio Skármeta( Book )
3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 170 libraries worldwide
Jacques is a schoolteacher in a small Chilean village, and a French translator for the local paper. He owes his passion for the French language to his Parisian father, Pierre, who, one year before, abruptly returned to France without a word of explanation. Jacques and his mother's sense of abandonment is made more acute by their isolation in this small community where few read or think. While Jacques finds distraction in a crush on his student's older sister, his preoccupation with his father's disappearance continues to haunt him. But there is often more to a story than the torment it causes. This one is about forgiveness and second chances
 
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